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Storm threatens big U.S. beach weekend

The southeastern US coast braced for the arrival of a subtropical storm that threatened Memorial Day holiday plans for hordes of beachgoers. Subtropical storm Beryl formed overnight in the Atlantic off the coast of South Carolina as rains generated by Bud — once a hurricane but now a rapidly weakening tropical depression — pelted Mexico’s Pacific coast. As Mexican authorities breathed…

SpaceX capsule has ‘new car’ smell, astronauts say

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel smells like a new car, said astronauts at the International Space Station after opening the hatches Saturday following the spacecraft’s landmark mission to the orbiting lab. The California-based SpaceX on Friday became the first commercial outfit to send its own unmanned cargo capsule to the ISS, heralding…

Astronomers seize last chance in lifetime to see alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun

Astronomers are gearing for one the rarest events in the Solar System: an alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun that will not be seen for another 105 years. The celestial ballet known as the Transit of Venus is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in skywatching, an episode that…

SpaceX capsule: NASA astronauts enter the Dragon after historic docking

Astronauts at the International Space Station have a week to unload supplies from the privately-funded SpaceX Dragon Astronauts have entered the Dragon for the first time, a day after the privately-funded capsule made history by successfully docking at the International Space Station. Nasa’s Don Pettit popped into the cargo vessel…

Iranian team to collaborate with U.S. company on nuclear fusion project

New Jersey company says it has permission for unique partnership to work toward the holy grail of energy sources A US company and an Iranian university have agreed to collaborate on nuclear fusion, the elusive technology that promises a limitless supply of clean energy. New Jersey-based Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc…

Wildfires sweep across the southwest amid historic drought conditions

Lightning strikes and already-dry conditions are keeping firefighters busy fighting more than a dozen blazes Wildfires raced across a dry and windy south-west on Friday, destroying dozens of homes and depositing a smoky haze over the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fueled by historic drought conditions, the wildfire season opened…

Tropical storm ‘Bud’ lashes Mexico, new storm forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Bud lashed the west coast of Mexico late Friday, but the first serious eastern Pacific storm of the 2012 season was rapidly losing strength, giving Mexican emergency officials some respite. However, a new storm named Beryl has formed in the Atlantic, threatening to disrupt the plans of thousands…

Thousands of shellfish found dead in Peru, Pacific ‘warming’ cited as cause

Thousands of crustaceans were found dead off the coast of Lima following the mystery mass death of dolphins and pelicans, the Peruvian Navy said Friday. The cause of death is under investigation, said Industry and Fishing Minister Gladys Triveno, warning that “it would be premature to give a reason for…

Sea lions stage hostile takeover of Ventura Harbor docks

A large gang of sea lions has taken over three docks at Ventura Harbor in California, and the National Park Service isn’t sure how to tell them delicately that their presence is unwanted. The animals have previously been a common sight on the large buoys that lead out of the…

Brazilian president vetoes part of law that would open Amazon to deforestation

By Yana Marull BRASILIA — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Friday vetoed parts of a new forestry code that environmentalists say would lead to further deforestation in the Amazon, home to the world’s largest collection of plants and animals. “The president of the Republic decided in favor of carrying out diverse…

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